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Canadian Human Rights Commission gets new part-time commissioner

Monday, November 26, 2018 @ 12:08 PM | By John Chunn


The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) announced the appointment, by order-in-council, of a new part-time commissioner, Joanna Harrington, effective immediately.

Harrington has been a career law professor for almost 20 years, having taught at the University of Nottingham, Western University and the University of Alberta, where she currently serves as a full professor within the Faculty of Law.

Her teaching and research activities focus on topics at the intersection of constitutional law and international law, with her published work examining matters of foreign relations law, the law of international organizations, the interplay between national bills of rights and international human rights law and issues of international and transnational criminal law.

A former Scholar-in-Residence with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, she has also participated in the negotiation of new international instruments at the United Nations, the Organization of American States and the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

She is well published on a variety of topics and is an award-winning legal scholar, having received the Canadian Association of Law Teachers Prize for Academic Excellence in 2018. Harrington has also worked as a consultant with international and national institutions, participated in outreach programs with non-governmental organizations and contributed to training programs in international law for judges, diplomats and military officers.

She holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, a juris doctor from the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Cambridge. Harrington was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1995 and the bar of Ontario in 2002.